Oregon travels to Los Angeles for the 2013 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships, hosted by USC at Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field. The Men of Oregon are the six-time defending champions of this meet, while the Women of Oregon have won four straight. The 83rd edition of the championships for the men and the 27th for the women gets underway Saturday at 10 a.m. with the women’s hammer (at Cal State Los Angeles). Running events start at 1 p.m. Sunday’s competition begins at 9 a.m. with the men’s hammer (at Cal State Los Angeles) before running event finals start at 1 p.m.
A tape-delayed broadcast of the 2013 Pac-12 Men’s & Women’s Track and Field Championships will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks on Wednesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. Pacific. Paul Sunderland, Tom Feuer and Ato Boldon will be calling the action. There is no live webcast of the Pac-12 Championships.
For Pac-12 live results, schedules and accepted entry lists, check http://championships.pac-12.com/track-field/ OR http://www.royalresults.com. Final results will also be posted on www.goducks.com.
Follow Oregon’s Twitter feed, @OregonTF, as well as Coach Robert Johnson’s Twitter, @Run4Ducks. Fans can also follow the Pac-12 Championships via @Pac12 and @pac12live. Updates and photos will also be posted on the Conference’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Pac12Conference.
The Men of Oregon are No. 4 in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, while the women are No. 7. Other Pac-12 teams in the men’s rankings include No. 8 USC and No. 15 UCLA. For the women, the Ducks are joined by No. 5 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 Stanford, No. 21 USC and No. 24 Washington.
The top eight places in each event score. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1. Each team is allowed to enter 28 competitors (including the combined events, which took place last weekend).
KEYS DEFENDS PAC-12 DECATHLON TITLE BY 3 POINTS
Dakotah Keys used a huge personal best in the javelin to come from behind and win his second straight Pac-12 decathlon title by just three points last weekend at Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field. Through eight events, Keys was in third, 223 points behind Washington’s Jeremy Taiwo. But Keys’ monster throw of 219-2/66.81m catapulted Keys into the lead by 54 points. He then stayed just close enough to Taiwo in the 1,500 meters to win with a personal best score of 8,001. Taiwo was second with 7,998 points and Dominc Giovannoni of UCLA was third with 7,364 points. Keys’ score was the fifth best decathlon total in school history, trailing only Ashton Eaton’s 8,457, Pedro daSilva’s 8,176, Muhammad Oliver’s 8,087 and Craig Brigham’s 8,027. It was also the third best score in the NCAA this season.
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
Oregon has won eight of the last 10 conference titles in men’s track and field, including six in a row. The Ducks have conference men’s track and field titles in 1924, 1934, 1965, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (16 overall). Last year, Oregon became just the second school to win six consecutive men’s titles, and the first to do it since USC took eight in a row between 1957-64. That was during a time when the league transitioned from the Pacific Coast Conference to the Athletic Association of Western Universities, which were both predecessors of the Pac-8, Pac-10 and now modern day Pac-12 Conference. The conference record for consecutive league title is 15 by the Trojans from 1936-1954 (no league championships 1942-46 due to World War II).
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP TRADITION
On the women’s side, Oregon has now won four straight conference titles. Overall, the Ducks own six league crowns: 1991, 1992, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Last year, Oregon became just the second team to win four consecutive conference titles, joining UCLA (1987-90 and 1997-2004). The Bruins are the only school in league history to have won five consecutive titles; UCLA accomplished that in winning a league record eight straight crowns from 1997-2004.
INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
Oregon has 11 Pac-12 (or Pac-10) champions on the roster for the 2013 league meet. Here’s the list:
Name Event Year(s)
Mike Berry M-400 Meters 2011
Johnathan Cabral M-110 Hurdles 2012
Sam Crouser M-Javelin 2012
Phyllis Francis W-400 Meters 2012
W-4x100 Meter Relay 2012
W-4x400 Meter Relay 2011
English Gardner W-100 Meters 2011, 12
W-200 Meters 2012
W-4x100 Meter Relay 2012
Elijah Greer M-800 Meters 2012
Jordan Hasay W-1,500 Meters 2011, 12
W-5,000 Meters 2011
Anne Kesselring W-800 Meters 2010
Dakotah Keys M-Decathlon 2012-13
Chizoba Okodogbe W-4x400 Meter Relay 2011
Laura Roesler W-800 Meters 2012
W-4x400 Meter Relay 2011
THROWERS FIND THEIR VOICE
After an April story by the Oregonian’s Ken Goe talked about Duck track and field throwers Jillian Weir, Greg Skipper and Sam Crouser, among others, being huge fans of the show “The Voice,” the official Twitter of the show (@NBCTheVoice) became a follower of the track team’s official Twitter, @OregonTF. Official reply from @NBCTheVoice: “We heard you were fans and just wanted to throw you a follow! http://bit.ly/ZqGQks #SeeWhatWeDidThere? #TheVoice.”
The University of Oregon recognized an outstanding group of 19 senior track and field student-athletes during the Twilight Meet. Combined, they have four NCAA event titles, six individual Pac-10 crowns and a whopping 47 All-America certificates. Six of the 19 seniors hail from the State of Oregon.
The nine senior women have been part of Oregon’s four straight NCAA indoor championships and three straight Pac-12 titles. During the current school year, they have seen the Ducks win both the NCAA cross country and indoor track championships, with the outdoor meet coming up at Hayward Field in June.
The nine women include Katie Conlon (transfer from Jamestown College; NCAA All-American in cross country), Alexandria Davidson (Pac-12 scorer - 4x400 relay), Becca Friday (seven-time All-American; five-time Pac-12 scorer; 2012 Pac-12 runner-up - 800 meters; school record - DMR), Jordan Hasay (two-time NCAA champion - indoor mile & 3,000 meters; school record 17-time All-American; four-time Pac-12 champion - 1,500 meters (twice), 5,000 meters, cross country; four school records - 10,000, i3,000; i5,000, DMR; two-time Academic All-American), Anne Kesselring (NCAA champion - 800 meters; 11-time All-American; Pac-12 champion - 800 meters; two school records - mile, DMR; two-time Academic All-American), Alexi Pappas (transfer from Dartmouth; three-time NCAA All-American), Maggie Pietka (Pac-12 all-academic first team), Lanie Thompson (two-time All-American; two-time Pac-12 scorer; school record holder - steeplechase) and Taylor Wallace (NCAA Championship qualifier - steeplechase; two-time Pac-12 scorer - steeplechase).
The 10 seniors on the men’s side have helped Oregon extended its league dominance to six consecutive titles, plus a runner-up showing at the 2010 indoor NCAA meets, and a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA outdoor championships.
The men’s list includes Kevin Anding (transfer from Virginia, 2013 Pac-12 qualifier - 400 meters), Kevin Godfrey (Pac-12 scorer - decathlon), Elijah Greer (NCAA champion - i800; six-time All-American; Pac-12 champion - 800), Hank Morrison (Pac-12 all-academic honoree), Matt Miner (transfer from Dartmouth; ran 3:59 leg to help Oregon win Penn Relays 4xmile), Austin Ouderkirk (two-time Pac-12 scorer; 2011 Pac-12 runner-up - pole vault), Tyler Pinkney (Pac-12 qualifier - triple jump), Chris Stubbs (transfer from Lane CC), Patrick Todd (transfer from Virginia; 2013 Pac-12 qualifier - 1,500 meters) and Miles Walk (transfer from Lane CC).
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS ON SALE
Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the June 5-8 NCAA Championships, may do so now.
To purchase, go online to goducks.com/tracktickets, call 1-800-WEBFOOT or visit the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center.
Two Ducks are listed on the latest 2013 Bowerman Watch lists. Sprinter English Gardner is on the 10 student-athlete watch list for the women, while fellow sprinter Mike Berry falls into the “also receiving mention” category for the men.
OREGON’S MEN’S ENTRIES
Unlike last season, when half of Oregon’s 28 men were making their Pac-12 Championships debuts, the Ducks now eature a veteran Pac-12 roster led by the likes of reigning Pac-12 champions Elijah Greer (800), Dakotah Keys (decathlon), Sam Crouser (javelin) and Johnathan Cabral (110 hurdles). The men also have 2011 400 winner Mike Berry in the fold, as Oregon has strength in numbers with 26 entries ranking among the current top 10 in the league.
Several newcomers are among those making their first appearances at the Pac-12 meet, including Virginia transfers Kevin Anding (400, relays) and Patrick Todd (1,500) and Dartmouth transfer Matt Miner (1,500). Others getting into the league meet for the first time include senior Miles Walk and freshman Greg Skipper in the hammer, freshmen Jeramy Elkaim (5,000) and Matthew Melancon (5,000/10,000) in the distance races, freshman Jack Galpin in the 400 and relays, freshman Matt Hidalgo in the pole vault and football’s B.J. Kelley in the 100 and relays.
MEN - Competitor Event Mark Pac-12 NCAA Notes
Mike Berry, Jr. 400 Meters 45.92 2 10 2011 Pac-10 400 champion
Johnathan Cabral, So. 110 Hurdles 13.33w 1 1 National leader in the 110 hurdles;
400 Hurdles 52.42 5 Won the 110 hurdles as a freshman in 2012
Sam Crouser, So. Discus 179-0 6 Defending Pac-12 champion in the javelin
Javelin 249-10 1 3 set a personal best in the discus in 2013
Arthur Delaney, So. 200 Meters 20.80 5 32 Key scorer in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay in 2012
Jeramy Elkaim, Fr. 5,000 Meters 13:57.24 +2 41 Ran 13:39 indoors
Trevor Ferguson, So. 110 Hurdles 14.34 7 Jumper was a Pac-12 scorer in the 110 hurdles in 2012
Long Jump 24-10.5 3
Mac Fleet, Jr. 1,500 Meters 3:40.21 3 6 First conference appearance since 2010 Pac-10 meet
Elijah Greer, Sr. 800 Meters 1:46.20 1 1 2013 NCAA indoor 800 champ and 2012 Pac-12 champ
Boru Guyota, Jr. 800 Meters 1:48.83 3 22 Best 800 time of 2013 came at the Oregon Twilight
Matt Hidalgo, Fr. Pole Vault 17-0.25 5 Cleared 17-0 for the first time at the Oregon Twilight
Dakotah Keys, So. Javelin 219-2 6 2012-13 Pac-12 decathlon champ is capable of
Decathlon 8,001 1 3 scoring in the javelin and also entered in the 110H
Dior Mathis, Jr. 100 Meters 10.51w 8 Footballer looking for another Pac-12 team title
Matthew Melancon, Fr. 10,000 Meters 29:31.82 4 46 Broke 30:00 in his first 10K run at Stanford
Matt Miner, Sr. 1,500 Meters 3:42.60 +8 16 Dartmouth transfer a pleasant surprise for UO
Chad Noelle, So. 800 Meters 1:49.31 6 36 Pac-12 scorer in the 1,500 in 2012
Austin Ouderkirk, Sr. Pole Vault 16-8.75 10 Pac-10 surprise runner-up in 2011
Ethan Powell, Jr. Javelin 216-7 9 Back after a seventh place javelin finish in 2011
Greg Skipper, Fr. Hammer 216-5 4 10 Uncle Tommy Skipper won five NCAA PV titles
Parker Stinson, Jr. 5,000 Meters 13:31.70 1 5 Ranked in the nations’ top five at both distances
10,000 Meters 28:34.71 1 2 for the entire season
Patrick Todd, Sr. 1,500 Meters 3:41.09 7 10 Transfer from Virginia impressed at Stanford
Miles Walk, Sr. Hammer 191-0 9 First conference meet for the senior from Georgia.
+Pac-12 ranking based on indoor mark
OREGON’S WOMEN’S ENTRIES
Oregon’s women’s entries are an interesting mix of top level defending champions and big point scorers and just as many individuals making the Pac-12 team for the first time. The defending champions are an impressive collection that includes Phyllis Francis (400), English Gardner (100, 200), Jordan Hasay (1,500) and Laura Roesler (800). Other veterans who have been key in Oregon’s run of four straight league titles include Becca Friday (1,500), Anne Kesslering (800, 1,500), Chizoba Okodogbe (400), Laura Bobek (discus), Laura Crockett (high jump) and Chancey Summers (high jump).
That leaves a handful of rookies making their Pac-12 debuts for the women this weekend: freshmen Elizabeth Brenner (javelin), Annie Leblanc (800), Alyssa Monteverde (100 hurdles), Jenna Prandini (100, 200, long jump), Abbey Leonardi (5,000/10,000), Ashley Maton (5,000) and Annie Whitfield (javelin), sophomore Jillian Weir (hammer, discus, shot put), junior Rachell Sherrill (javelin), and seniors Katie Conlon (5,000/10,000) and Maggie Pietka (triple jump)
WOMEN - Competitor Event Mark Pac-12 NCAA Notes
Laura Bobek, Jr. Discus 172-6 8 34 Big improvement in the discus in 2013
Elizabeth Brenner, Fr. Javelin 157-10 3 Sullivan Award finalist; plays 4 sports at Oregon
Sammie Clark, Jr. Pole Vault 13-6.25 3 18 Big PR at the Oregon Twilight to move to No. 5 all-time
Katie Conlon, Sr. 5,000 Meters 16:45.55 +7 All-American in cross country
Lauren Crockett, So. High Jump 5-11.25 2 22 On the verge of clearing 6-0
Phyllis Francis, Jr. 200 Meters 22.96w 1 8 Defending 400 meter champ could be a big point
400 Meters 52.55 1 10 scorer in the 200, 400 and relays
Becca Friday, Sr. 1,500 Meters 4:16.07 +5 17 2012 runner-up in the 800 runs big at Pac-12 meet
English Gardner, Jr. 100 Meters 11.00 1 1 Two-time 100 champ and 2012 200 champ ran
200 Meters 23.32 2 30 fourth fastest 100 in NCAA history, 11.00, at Mt. SAC
Jordan Hasay, Sr. 1,500 Meters 4:20.19 +7 46 17-time all-American is going for her third 1,500
5,000 Meters 16:01.54 +2 31 league title in a row, and second 5K crown
Anne Kesselring, Sr. 800 Meters 2:05.69 5 23 Gutsy senior will go for key team points in both the
1,500 Meters 4:15.23 +4 15 800 and 1,500; was the 2010 Pac-10 800 champ
Annie Leblanc, Fr. 800 Meters 2:07.12 9 Canadian has an 800 PR of 2:03.41
Alyssa Monteverde, Fr. 100 Hurdles 13.41 5 31 Came through with No. 2 hurdle time ever at UO
Megan Patrignelli, Jr. Steeplechase 10:17.29 6 32 Has found a home in the steeplechase
Jenna Prandini, Fr. 100 Meters 11.31 2 12 Impressive freshman looking to contribute to
200 Meters 23.59 9 Oregon’s point total in 4 events (100, 200, LJ
Long Jump 19-7 9 and 4x100 relay)
Laura Roesler, Jr. 800 Meters 2:01.75 1 2 Defending Pac-12 champ impressed with 2:01 at Mt. SAC
Chancey Summers, So. High Jump 5-10 +2 40 First Duck to clear 6-0 as a freshman
Jilliam Weir, So. Hammer 197-3 8 Transfer has been exceptional in the hammer (No. 3)
+Pac-12 ranking based on indoor mark
OREGON TWILIGHT RECAP
Two of Oregon’s pole vaulters set personal bests and all four Duck vaulters cleared set seasonal bests on a day of highlights before a sun-drenched 5,244 fans May 3 at the Oregon Twilight. On a night were Oregon honored its 19 seniors before an appreciative Historic Hayward Field, the Ducks were particularly impressive in both pole vaults. Sammie Clark set a personal best in winning the women’s pole vault with a clearance at 13-6.25/4.12m. Not only was that a one inch improvement for the junior from North Bend, Ore., but she also moved up to a tie for fifth on Oregon’s all-time list. The Duck men went 1-2 in their competition. Matt Hidalgo won after a third attempt clearance at 17-0.25/5.20m. The freshman from Banks, Ore., set a personal best by five inches. Teammate Austin Ouderkirk was second in the pole vault at 16-8.75/5.10m, as the senior from Newport, Ore., set a seasonal best in his final appearance at Historic Hayward Field. Even senior decathlete Kevin Godfrey got in on the act with a seasonal best clearance at 15-5/4.70m that was good for fifth. Liz Brenner continued to improve in the women’s javelin. The freshman from Portland, Ore., finally bettered her high school best of 155-11 in winning with a mark of 157-10/48.11m. That was the eighth best throw in school history. Sam Crouser was just as impressive in the men’s javelin, winning with a seasonal-best throw of 249-10/76.15m. That was the third-best throw in the NCAA this season. Oregon earned a victory in the men’s hammer with Greg Skipper winning at 213-11/65.20m. The Ducks swept the two 4x100 meter relays. The men’s team of Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney, B.J. Kelley and Mike Berry just missed a seasonal best with a win in 40.26. The team of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Jenna Prandini and Chizoba Okodogbe won the women’s race in 44.34. Defending Pac-12 champion Johnathan Cabral was a winner in the men’s 110 meter hurdles in 13.63 in his final race before the conference meet. Senior Maggie Pietka walked off a winner in her final meet at Historic Hayward Field. The senior from Vancouver, Wash., won the triple jump with a leap of 38-2.25/11.64m. Duck football player Dior Mathis captured the men’s 100 meters in 10.70, with fellow football player B.J. Kelley second 10.85. Caleb Kruse was the winner of the men’s triple jump in 46-4/14.12m. In the men’s high jump, freshman Bradley Laubacher set a personal best in a runner up finish, clearing 6-11/2.11m.
PENN RELAYS / OSU HIGH PERFORMANCE / CARDINAL INVITATIONAL RECAP
Oregon won races from Philadelphia to California to Corvallis over a busy April 25-28 weekend. The Ducks captured two “Wagon Wheels” at the famous Penn Relays. The women’s 4x400 team of English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis never trailed and won in a meet record 3:26.73. That was the fastest time in the NCAA this season and the No. 2 time in school history, as Oregon won the 4x400 meter Penn Relays “Wagon Wheel” for the first time ever. The men’s 4xmile of Chris Brewer, Matt Miner, Jeramy Elkaim and Mac Fleet was just as impressive, winning in 16:17.57. The Ducks were also second in the women’s 4x800 relay (8:17.45) and 4x1,500 (17:16.50) and set a school record in the men’s distance medley relay (9:27.09). At the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, Jordan Hasay shattered Pac-12 and school records in the women’s 10,000 meters. She finished sixth overall and second among collegians in 32:06.64. That was also the fourth fastest time in NCAA history. She was the top American finisher in a field of professionals and elite college runners. Also at Stanford, Parker Stinson finished 17th overall, but was fifth among collegians in the 5,000 meters in 13:31.70. That was a :27 personal best that also ranked No. 8 in school history. In Oregon’s first track meet in Corvallis in 25 years, Sam Crouser set a personal best in the men’s discus (179-0/54.56m) and Chris Stubbs won both the men’s 200 (21.39) and 400 (47.87) meters to lead a handful of Duck victories at the OSU High Performance Meet. Oregon also went 1-2 in the women’s high jump, with both Lauren Crockett and Chancey Summers clearing 5-10/1.78m.
OREGON RELAYS / ARKANSAS DUAL / MT. SAC RELAYS RECAP
Oregon produced three national leaders and a world leader following a busy weekend on the track. At the Mt SAC Relays, English Gardner ran the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season. She beat a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013 but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Also at Mt. SAC, Laura Roesler roared to one of the best 800 meters ever at Oregon. The junior from Fargo, N.D., won the meet’s top section in a personal best 2:01.76. That was the second fastest time in the NCAA this season, and the No. 4 time in Pac-12 history. It was also the fourth-best time in school history and the fastest 800 run by an Oregon woman in 28 years. Meanwhile, a record Oregon Relays crowd of 7,344 saw No. 2 Arkansas clip No. 4 Oregon 86-77 in a dual that came down to the final event. Elijah Greer won the 800 (1:46.20) and Mac Fleet captured the 1,500 (3:40.21) in nation-leading times. Sam Crouser collected a pair of wins in the throws. He first won the discus with a personal best of 174-2/53.10m on his sixth and final attempt. He followed that with a win in the javelin with a mark of 240-7/73.33m. Other winners for the Ducks included Mike Berry in the 400 (45.92), Arthur Delaney in the 100 (10.59), Johnathan Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.56), Greg Skipper in the hammer (206-0/62.80m) and Parker Stinson in the 5,000 (13:59.83). In the Oregon Relays over the same weekend, freshman Alyssa Monteverde impressed with the No. 2 women’s 100 meter hurdle time in school history, a meet record 13.41.
GREER, GARDNER NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Nation-leading Oregon runners English Gardner and Elijah Greer were named Pac-12 Conference track athletes of the week for April 15-21, 2013. Greer won the 800 meters in a nation-leading 1:46.20 during the Oregon-Arkansas dual meet. It was the fastest 800 meters ever run during a dual meet, according to Track & Field News. Gardner turned in the fastest women’s 100 meters in the world this season at the Mt. SAC Relays, beating a field of elite professionals by finishing in 11.00, with a legal tailwind of plus-1.8 meters per second. Not only was that the fastest time of 2013, but also a school record, No. 2 all-time in Pac-12 history and No. 6 all-time in NCAA history. Gardner broke her own school mark, 11.03, set in 2011. She also ran on the 4x100 relay team that finished fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays in a season-best 43.82, the third-fastest relay in school history.
JOHN KNIGHT TWILIGHT RECAP
Laura Bobek won the discus to lead the second-ranked Oregon women at the April 12 John Knight Twilight. The junior from Astoria, Ore., had a best throw of 169-7.75/51.70m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. Ryan Hunter-Simms set a personal best in the shot put to highlight the meet for the fourth-ranked men. Hunter-Simms, a freshman from Highland, Calif., opened with a throw of 51-8.5/15.76m in the shot put to finish second. He followed that with a toss of 157-2.5/47.91m in the discus, which was good for third. Ron Perkins also had a personal best in the shot put. The sophomore from Redmond, Ore., finished third with a throw of 51-1.5/15.58m. Rachel Sherrell scored another PR for the Ducks in the women’s javelin. The junior from Parkdale, Ore., had a best mark of 145-0/44.19m to place third. Jillian Weir just missed a personal best and placed second in the women’s hammer. The sophomore from Sunnyvale, Calif., went 189-10.25/57.86m, which was less than three feet off her personal best. She also finished third in the discus with a throw of 150-6/45.88m.
2013 PEPSI TEAM INVITATIONAL RECAP
Wins by Mac Fleet, Mike Berry, Jeramy Elkaim, Johnathan Cabral and Greg Skipper propelled the fourth-ranked Men of Oregon to victory over No. 1 Texas A&M at the April 6 Pepsi Team Invitational. The No. 2 women dropped a tightly contested battle to the third-ranked Aggies on a showery spring afternoon before 5,367 fans at Historic Hayward Field. The men finished with 194.5 points, followed by Texas A&M with 180.5, Washington State with 165.5 and Washington with 129.5. The Aggies won the women’s meet with 201 points, followed by Oregon with 181, No. 15 Washington with 146 and the Cougars with 138. Fleet won the 800 meters, his first race at Hayward since 2010, in a personal best 1:48.70. Other winners for the men were Elkaim in the 5,000 (13:57.24), Cabral in the 110 meter hurdles (13.81) where he remains undefeated on the season, Berry in the 400 (46.20),and Skipper in the hammer (216-4/65.94m). The 4x400 relay of Kevin Anding, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin and Berry timed 3:06.31 in finishing second, which was the sixth fastest in school history. For the women, redshirt freshman Jenna Prandini continued her breakout season with a win in the long jump (19-7/5.97m) and a runner-up finish in the 100 meters (11.47, No. 3 in UO history). Jillian Weir, another newcomer, was impressive in the field. The sophomore transfer from Long Beach State won the hammer with a best throw of 192-8/58.74m (No. 3 on UO career list). Weir was also fourth in both the shot put (46-4/14.12m) and discus (145-0/44.21m). Other winners for the women included Phyllis Francis in the 400 (52.55), Laura Roesler in the 800 (2:03.94), Jordan Hasay in the 1,500 (4:20.19) and Lauren Crockett in the high jump (5-7.75/1.72m).
TEXAS RELAYS / STANFORD INVITATIONAL RECAP
Jordan Hasay and Johnathan Carbal highlighted Oregon’s spring break in Texas and California March 27-30. At the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles with the fastest time in the nation this season, 13.33 (w+2.6). Had Cabral’s time been wind legal, it would have broken Eric Mitchum’s 2004 school record of 13.38. Also at the Texas Relays, the women’s 4x100 meter relay team finished third in 43.93. The Ducks’ quartet of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Chizoba Okodogbe and Jenna Prandini came through the line with the fourth fastest time in school history. Greg Skipper continued his strong early season with a six-foot personal best in the men’s hammer to finish second overall. The freshman from Oregon City, Ore., had a best throw of 216-5/65.96m, which ranks as the fifth-best in the nation this season and the ninth-best in school history. Dakotah Keys set personal bests in three events to finish fourth in the decathlon with 7,743 points. Sam Crouser took second in the men’s javelin on his final throw, 248-8/75.80m, to move from sixth in second in the final standings. He later took fifth in the discus with a personal best throw of 173-11/53.01m. At the Stanford Invitational, Hasay and Parker Stinson etched their names in the Ducks’ 10,000 meter record books. Hasay cruised through her first career 10,000 meters and finished as the top collegian and third overall in 32:46.68. Not only was that the top time in the nation this season, but it ranks as the second best in school history, trailing only Kathy Hayes’ 32:43.81 set in 1984. Stinson looked strong in his first race on the track in 2013, finishing second in the top heat of the men’s 10,000 meters in 28:34.71. He was just behind The Masters’ John Gilbertson, who won in 28:30.35. Stinson’s time was a :26 personal best as the junior from Austin, Texas, moved up to seventh on UO career 10K list. In the second section of the men’s 10,000, freshman Matthew Melancon from Eugene, Ore., was third in a personal best 29:31.82. Senior Anne Kesselring won the top section of the women’s 800 meters in 2:05.76. That was the fourth fastest time in the NCAA this season. Becca Friday followed with a runner up finish in her heat, 2:06.00, which was the fifth fastest among collegians this season.
CABRAL, HASAY NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
After running nation-leading times in their respective events, Johnathan Cabral and Jordan Hasay were named the Pac-12 Conference outdoor track athletes of the week For March 27-30. Cabral won the 110 meter hurdles at the Texas Relays in a nation-leading 13.33. The wind was just above legal (+2.6) or that would have been a school record and tied for the second-fastest time in Pac-12 history. Hasay was the top collegian and third overall in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Running her first career 10K, Hasay finished behind a pair of professional runners in a time of 32:46.68. That time leads the NCAA in 2013, and ranks second in school history and fifth in Pac-12 history.
OREGON PREVIEW RECAP
De’Anthony Thomas’ three victories – including a meet record in the 4x100 meter relay – highlighted the Oregon Preview March 16 at Hayward Field. Thomas opened the day by anchoring the 4x100 meter relay to a meet record 40.35. He teamed with Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney and B.J. Kelley on some sharp early season exchanges to break the 21 year-old meet record of 40.46 set by Oregon in 1992. Thomas followed that with his riveting performance in the men’s 100 meters in an all-conditions personal best 10.31. Thomas put a wrap on the day with another command run in the 200 meters. He eased down the homestretch in 21.17. Sophomore Johnathan Cabral set a meet record in winning the 110 meter hurdles in 13.68. Laura Bobek opened her outdoor season with a personal best in the discus of 172-6/52.58m to move up to No. 5 on the UO all-time list. Greg Skipper had a six-foot PR to win at 210-10/64.26m. Those were but a handful of Oregon’s 15 events wins on the day. Also, Liz Brenner made her track and field debut in the javelin and took third with a best throw of 141-5/43.10m. It was the fourth varsity sport as a Duck for the freshman from Portland, Ore.
THOMAS, SKIPPER NAMED PAC-12 ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
De’Anthony Thomas and Greg Skipper were named the Pac-12 men’s track and field athletes of the week, respectively, following their performances at the March 16 Oregon Preview. Thomas won three events at the Oregon Preview, including anchoring the 4x100 meter relay to a meet-record 40.35. Thomas followed up with an all-conditions personal best in the men’s 100 meters of 10.31 that ranked second nationally. In his first meet back from an injury that caused him to redshirt the 2012 season, Skipper won the hammer throw at the Oregon Preview with a throw of 210-10/64.26m. That was a six-foot personal best and ranked as the No. 3 throw nationally in the young 2013 season.